A POWERFUL COMBINATION OF MUSIC AND POLITICS

HYDE PARK HERALD

BY M.L. RANTALA

Third Coast Percussion, a quartet of Northwestern graduates now in residence at the University of Notre Dame, offered an exciting and fascinating performance at the Logan Center as part of this season’s University of Chicago Presents concert series. Sean Connors, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin and David Skidmore created soundscapes of great power and remarkable musicality in an evening devoted to American works with political underpinnings.

The highlight of the program was “Haunt of Last Nightfall” a work by David T. Little, commissioned by Third Coast Percussion. It is the composer’s meditation on the massacre at El Mozote, El Salvador in December of 1981, which he chillingly but tersely describes as an event “in which an entire village was erased by US Military-trained Salvadoran government forces, with American-made and provided arms.”

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